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Land sales in Hollywood Hills make Griffith Park a little bigger



Land sales in Hollywood Hills make Griffith Park a little bigger

Griffith Park became a little bigger. All that was needed was an agreement that was canceled due to a coronavirus and a community fundraiser that raised $ 500,000.

Last year, a rare real estate opportunity appeared on the outskirts of L.A.’s largest park. Two empty lots, combined for 1.35 hectares located on the southern border of Griffith, came to the market at a combined price of $ 850,000 – a steep discount from the initial asking price of $ 1,144 million.

Some parties began to go round and round, and a developer immediately had an agreement to buy valuable packages at the beginning of the year. The corona virus hit the US soon after, however, and the transaction fell apart in escrow.

That’s when the community intervened. Determined to buy land to preserve it from development, locals Jason Greenwald and his wife, Corey Nickerson, worked with an organization called Friends of Griffith Park and made a contract at the end of April to buy it for a $ 500,000 discount; the only result is that they must approve the shortened 21-day escrow and raise funds on May 8, according to agents Douglas Elliman Heather T. Roy and Learka Bosnak, who represent the buyer.

More than 100 contributions flowed, ranging from a pair of angel donors who contributed six figures to an 8-year-old boy who contributed $ 2. They collected half a million dollars before the deadline, and the deal was closed last weekend, ensuring that a piece of valuable land would still not developing.

“This is a victory for the environment,” Roy said.

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Bosnak added that, especially during the pandemic, it was amazing to see people gathering around the causes and donating money for soil conservation.

The land – which is filled with oaks and wildlife – now belongs to the Mountain Conservation and Recreation Authority, a public body that acquires, conserves and protects open space. Besides $ 500,000, a little extra was raised to take care of future maintenance and cleaning bills.

“When this pandemic ends, Los Angeles will have a bigger and better Griffith Park to return to,” City Councilor David Ryu said in a statement. His office promised $ 15,000 for this effort.

The packages are located just south of Bronson Canyon, the famous section of Griffith Park which has been used as a shooting location for various films and TV shows for years. One of Bronson’s famous caves was used to portray Batcave in the 1960s “Batman” series, which Roy said was a factor that contributed to the success of fundraising.

This beautiful area has also starred in the shows “Twin Peaks” and “Star Trek” and the film “The Scorpion King,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “Under the Silver Lake.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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